Add to Possible Club Selections. I might have to bite on this one. Jan 15, Linda Rhyne rated it it was amazing. It reaffirms the goodness in our world. It’s rare I find a book that I’d recommend to anyone. Personal Copy In this novel set deep in the Appalachia region of Southern Ohio, a young boy named Jimmy Lee Hickam grows up, dirt poor with an abusive hard-drinking father, a mother and brothers who have little time for him. Great story, motivating, and inspiring, along with a nice flowing simple reading style.
Kindle Edition Audible Audio Edition. Was it a good essay? To make things worse, the name Hickam is synonymous with trouble. Trivia About The Essay. He also is the author of Dead Before Deadline, a compilation of stories from his days as a crime beat reporter with the Columbus Dispatch, and Insured for Murder, which he co-authored with Dispatch colleague Catherine Candisky. I’m not saying anymore, close this review and read it.
The Drowning Machine: THE ESSAY by Robin Yocum
There is a battle for his soul here: Against his better judgement and certainly against his drunk father’s judgement, such as it isJimmy Lee starts to dream.
Terrific characterizations, surprising revelations, gut-wrenching past betrayals, and an unforgettable cast of characters born of the yocym, worn-out landscape of southeastern Ohio make The Essay a powerful, evocative, and incredibly moving novel.
To make things worse, esxay name Hickam is synonymous with trouble. I might have to bite on this one.
Anyone with ties to southern Ohio in the 70’s can relate to this book. Your faith in humanity might just be a tad bit restored if you do.
What does it take to rehabilitate it? Last year for me the surprise book I read was So Much Blue, a tale of an artist haunted by an act deep in his path and how it left a wound to fester on his soul, and how in the end he finds redemption. If you’ve ever spent time in Southern Ohio you will recognize it in the pages of this book.
Loaned to me by my sister, The Essay is a short novel set in Ohio’s Appalachia in the ‘s, a region of my state I frequently drive through on my way to northern Virginia to visit family. I love it so much. This should be required reading for all students in colleges of education…maybe also for high school students.
Sep 15, Laurie Anthony rated it really liked it. It’s an inspiring story without being precious or sentimental.
In this novel set deep in the Appalachia region of Southern Ohio, a young boy named Jimmy Lee Hickam grows up, dirt poor with an abusive hard-drinking father, a mother and brothers who have little time for ezsay. It was utterly engaging, captivating, and a wonderful story. Angels exist in this tale in the form of Miss Singletary and Jimmy Lee’s football coach.
I knew then that this book was something special. What struck me so in this book was the strong message that good teachers are invaluable in the lives of students, teachers who believe in them, who encourage them in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds to persevere and strive for something…in this case for a college education.
This book will make the reader cheer for the underdog. Jul 01, Tara Wood rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Ohio constituent of my book club found this gem and thank goodness it caught her eye. Escape from this world to something better is just not a dream anyone can afford. However if you’re not in a spaknotes club you should read it anyway. I will be recommending this to both of my book clubs. When irate parents and the baffled administration claim he has cheated, his teacher is inspired to take his writing talent as far as it can go, showing him the path out of the hills of Appalachia.
It is amazing what one or two positive people Definitely recommendable for those seeking a five star success story. This book would be a great companion read to Hillbilly Elegy the non-fiction rrobin seller taking readers into life in Appalachia by J.
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THE ESSAY – BOOK COMMENT
Dec 17, Linda rated it it was amazing. When irate parents tge the baffled administration claim he has cheated, his teacher is inspired to take his writing talent as far as it can go, showing him the path out of the hills of Appalachia. Gives great snapshot of the world of poverty and challenges faced to ever succeed. How did I not know about this author until now?!